By: Diane Benjamin
Only the audio of the meeting is available – no video.
I think some of the Aldermen were absent, the roll call was hard to hear, so I’m not sure. Some might have arrived late.
The paper reported a straw poll was unanimous in not taxing the video gaming machines. If all the aldermen weren’t there, that explains the vote. I listened to part of the conservation, the city was pulling out the stops to get more money. Their arguments were poor, so congrats to the aldermen who voted against it. It was obvious the City was just looking for more easy money.
Maybe the same aldermen should have noticed before they added a 1% Sales Tax that nobody stated what it was for either. (other than 1/4% to the County) It’s now crushing high dollar items sold in Bloomington. Why would anybody spending $50,000 here on a piece of equipment when the cost is much less just in taxes down the road.
As I thought, the City requested the Illinois Policy Institute re-grade their website transparency. The transparency award didn’t just happen.
The City Mission statement was discussed again after being dropped for a year. One piece of audio worth listening to is Jim Fruin. It shows the fundamental difference in how citizens view their representatives and how the representative thinks once elected. Hit play, listen for about a minute and let me know your thoughts.